STATESBORO, GA (WJCL/CNN) – A seven-year-old Georgia girl said a few key words that helped her escape from a man who tried to abduct her.
“Stranger danger! Don’t touch me there,” Emma yells reenacting how she fended off the man.
Brave words from a brave girl who was confronted by the would-be abductor Wednesday night at the Stadium Walk Apartments in Statesboro, Georgia.
“He ran away back to his car,” Emma said.
Little Emma Faye-Howard says she was walking her dog when a man approached her in his car and told her this: “‘If you get in the car with me and go home with me, I’ll give you a lollipop.’ And I said, ‘No,’ screamed, ‘Stranger danger! Don’t touch me there!'”
“She wasn’t gone five minutes and she came back and I can see that something was wrong and she was confused and upset,” her mother Kelley Skinner said.
Emma’s mother say she’s thankful her daughter made the right decision.
“So thankful to God that she’s ok but at the same time I’m so proud of her and how brave she is,” Skinner said.
She credits Emma’s martial arts class for her quick thinking.
“She knew exactly what to do and that’s what she said to me was, ‘I didn’t even have to think about it, I knew exactly what to do, I knew exactly what to say and she did,'” Skinner said.
Neighbors in the complex say things like this just don’t happen here.
“I feel like they need to get an officer out to watch over the premises. Because that little girl could have easily got into the car,” a neighbor said.
Statesboro police are still looking for the suspect.
They say he’s driving a red four-door sedan with the word “NISSAN” in white letters on the right side of the car.
But little Emma has a message for other kids out there.
“If any of you children see a stranger just don’t talk to them, don’t do this, don’t do this, don’t do this, don’t talk to them just say ‘stranger danger’ or just run away,” Emma said.